Alex Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

The Alex Sullivan Learning Scholarship was created in memory of Alex Sullivan, who was one of the victims of the Century 16 Aurora theater shooting.

The scholarship will support students that need extra educational support – whether that be tutors, summer school, etc. Alex Sullivan was an avid comic book reader and movie nut. He used comic books as a way to deal with his lifelong struggles with dyslexia. This scholarship is a way to continue Alex’s loving spirit and his determination of overcoming the obstacles of dyslexia.


  1. Scholarship application acceptance period START: 03/15/2019
  2. DEADLINE for scholarship applications is: 05/31/2019
  3. Refer below for eligibility requirements and application process.
  4. Type or print legibly. Illegible applications will be returned to you.
  5. Winners will be notified by email by: 06/20/2019
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Aurora Rise will award $1,000 in scholarship funds that rewards students who need extra educational support​.​ We will try to award two $500 awards – one for K – 5 and one for middle school / high school students.

Award Criteria:

  1. Applicant must be registered at an elementary, middle, or high school in the Denver metro area (Aurora, Denver, Parker, etc.)
  2. Applicant must provide either a teacher or doctor recommendation.

Application Process:

Applicant must submit the following items:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Letter of application addressed to the Aurora Rise Selection Committee stating their intent to apply for the scholarship and how they would like to use the funds.
  3. Please write a short introduction about yourself and how you could benefit your education by winning this scholarship.
  4. Personal Essay. In your essay, please answer the question in the application.
  5. Applicant must agree to a personal interview with the selection committee in person or on the phone, upon completion of the application.
Please write a short introduction about yourself and then answer the following questions: How you could benefit your education by winning this scholarship. What have you found to be the most helpful thing in advancing your education? A parent or teacher can write the essay for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. [500 words maximum]
I hereby affirm that all the above stated information provided by me is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also consent that my picture may be taken and used for any purpose deemed necessary to promote Aurora Rise’s scholarship program.
Please have a doctor or teacher submit a letter of recommendation to to finalize the application.